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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017

NOMINATED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION

THE SUNDAY TIMES #1 and THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

'A sprawling kaleidoscopic fable' Guardian, Books of the Year

'Roy's second novel proves as remarkable as her first' Financial Times

'A great tempest of a novel... which will leave you awed by the heat of its anger and the depth of its compassion' Washington Post

The first novel in 20 years from the Booker-prize winning author of The God of Small Things

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on a journey of many years-the story spooling outwards from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis and beyond, to the Valley of Kashmir and the forests of Central India, where war is peace and peace is war, and where, from time to time, 'normalcy' is declared.

Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home. A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. The enigmatic S. Tilottama is as much of a presence as she is an absence in the lives of the three men who loved her.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is at once an aching love story and a decisive remonstration. It is told in a whisper, in a shout, through tears and sometimes with a laugh. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, mended by love-and by hope. For this reason, they are as steely as they are fragile, and they never surrender. This ravishing, magnificent book reinvents what a novel can do and can be. And it demonstrates on every page the miracle of Arundhati Roy's storytelling gifts.

'A novel that demands and rewards the reader's concentration, this is a dazzling return to form' Independent

'This novel is a freedom song. Every page has the stamp of Roy's originality. Such brutality, such beauty' Amitva Kumar, the author of Immigrant, Montana

'Intricately layered and passionate, studded with jokes and with horrors... This is a work of extraordinary intricacy and grace' Prospect Magazine

'Gorgeous, supple, playful... Roy writes with astonishing vividness... Again and again beautiful images refresh our sense of the world' The New York Times Book Review

'A masterpiece. Roy joins Dickens, Naipaul, Garcia Marquez, and Rushdie in her abiding compassion, storytelling magic, and piquant wit. An entrancing, imaginative, and wrenching epic' Booklist starred review

Genre: Literary Fiction    

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Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: Longlisted for the MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 and WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018
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Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A novel (Random House Large Print)
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Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: Longlisted for the MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 and WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018
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June 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A novel
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June 2017 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
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Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
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Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
Author(s): Arundhati Roy
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June 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: A Novel
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Title: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness: Longlisted for the MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017 and WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2018
Author(s): Arundhati Roy
Publisher: Penguin
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